BAFS and External Events

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The British Academy of Forensic Science (BAFS) held its first meeting in 1960. BAFS is a unique organisation formed from a unique mix of forensic medicine (pathologist, psychiatrists, physicians (FMEs), scientist and lawyers. Our events are usually based in London.

Next BAFS Event

Mental health in police custody

People in the criminal justice system present with an excess of mental health conditions, this having been most closely studied amongst prison populations. In recent years, however, there has been increasing recognition of the high levels of mental health morbidity amongst people entering police custody and the courts, resulting in the development of new services to identify and manage these groups. Yet despite this increased awareness, research in this area has been limited, particularly as regards prevalence, interventions and outcomes. The background literature will be discussed, along with the results from police custody samples in London, leading to recommendations for further work in this area. What is the extent of this problem? What is being done about it at the moment? What might be done in the future? And how might we ensure the best possible outcomes for these groups, in terms of both their health and desistance from crime?
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Regular BAFS Events

BAFS Events

Friends' Dinner
A popular annual event that is often over-subscribed. Some of the previous topics discussed at this event included the wrongful conviction of Barry George for the murder of Jill Dando, Child Sexual Abuse, the murder of Rachel Nickell, False Confessions, and the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Joint Events

BAFS and Clinical Forensic and Legal medicine section of Royal Society of Medicine
Date: Saturday 19 January 2019
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
CPD: Accredited

The recent disasters, such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge, has highlighted how forensic science plays an important part in victim identification.

A panel of experts will examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.

Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.
Key topics:
  • How forensic odontology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic anthropology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic pathology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How victims are affected by disasters
  • How psychologists manage victims of disasters
More information here

BAFS Friends Dinner

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External Events

The Forensics of Stabbing: Investigation, management and prevention

The Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine section are hosting an exciting full day meeting on the Forensics of Stabbing. This meeting will bring together health professionals, legal experts and those working in the field of forensic medicine to promote an understanding of the investigation, management and prevention of stabbing injuries.

Chief Superintendent Martin Brunning, head of Major Crime Unit for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire constabularies will start the day by explaining how the police investigate a stabbing incident using examples from a real stabbing fatality. Attendees will hear how the accident and emergency departments work together to respond to a stabbing crime, and the role that forensic pathologists play in the investigation. Finally, industry experts will talk about an innovative alternative to post-mortem examinations, and about potential interventions at 'teachable moments' to prevent further deaths. 

Previous BAFS Events

Joint BAFS - RSM Event: Clinical and Scientific Expert Witness Bias: Sources and Expression

The multiple personalities of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA): Investigation, Evaluation & Review
Speaker: Jo Millington

AGM & Ormrod Lecture 2019: Should Acute Behavioural Disturbance be considered a Public Health Problem?

Speaker: Dr Meng Aw-Yong

 

The role of plants, fungi and algae in environmental forensics

Speaker: Dr Mark Spencer

 

Friends Dinner 2019: How did forensic science help identify Richard III?

Speaker: Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE

RSM & BAFS joint event 2018

Dr Richard Shephard, Professor Peter Vanezis, Dr Curtis Offiah, Professor Peter Gill, Mr David Heming, Detective Inspector Mark Richards and Master Evan Bell, 20/01/2018

AGM & Friends Dinner 2017 

James Hines QC and Dr Martin Hall,  01/11/2017

Forensic Investigation in Counter Terrorism

Sharon Broome, 30/11/2016

The Lund Lecture 2015

Professor Denise Syndercombe Court, 04/10/2016

AGM & Friends Dinner 2016

Andrew Smith and Professor Nigel Eastman, 18/05/2016

Forensic Imaging: From Plates to Pixels

Nick Marsh, 21/01/2016

Investigating sudden unexpected death

Professor Richard Shepherd, Marta Cohen, Professor Robert Peckitt, Professor Mary Sheppard, Dr Safa Al-Sarraj, Professor Robert J. Flanagan, Dr Elijah Behr, Dr Jason Payne-James, Professor Robin Ferner, Dr Peter Dean, 16/01/2016

Ormrod Lecture 2015

Professor Robert J. Flanagan, 22/10/2015

Science and the Courts. Human Identification, Migration and Trafficking

Prof Robert J. Flanagan, HH Judge Jeremy Donne QC, Upper Tribunal Judge Mark Ockelton QC, Professor Cheryl Thomas, Mr Stuart Black, Mr Roger Baldwin, Dr Ann Priston, Mr Nick Marsh, Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Professor Michael Kopelman, Dr Sarah Majid, Dr Sarah Chin, Dr Michael Korzinski, 28/03/2015

Blood Pattern Analysis

Jo Millington, 15/01/2015

The Lund Lecture 2014

Professor Bob Peckitt 23/10/2014

Clozapine Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Dr James MacCabe, Professor Robert Flanagan and Professor Christoph Hiemke 28/06/2014

Fingerprints

Ken Butler, 15/05/2014

 

Past Venues

Chapter Hall St John’s Gate

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